Sure for all the beauty there’s some chaos, Freestyle 4 and Facts might not hit the mark perfectly, in fact, some would say a couple of the tracks aren’t good at all, but I wouldn’t take this album any other way
2016 marked Kanye West’s most recent album, The Life Of Pablo. The album lived up to Kanye’s crazy nature, both musically and promotionally. In terms of marketing this was ridiculously hyped. Ye released the album in line with his Yeezy Season 3 drop, with both the music and the fashion intertwining and bouncing off one another. Kanye labelled the album as “a living, breathing, changing, creative expression” which was most apparent with the constant changing of songs on the album months after it’s initial release. The album is historic in that it topped the charts (Kanye’s 7th chart topper in a row) on streams only, the album is yet to make a physical release.
To me this felt like Kanye fell in love with music again, as good as its predecessor Yeezus was, it felt like it was a big experiment, but TLOP simply felt like Kanye was back in his hayday again. He had the worlds biggest stars on the album, all eyes were on him and there was a sense that the genius was back, and boy was it ever. This can be apparent with the album opener Ultralight Beam, which is the polar opposite of any track on Yeezus, it’s possibly Ye’s most beautiful song ever thanks to Chance the Rapper’s verse, generally speaking every feature on this album is brilliant, but can an album be praised on the features more than the artist himself? Maybe so if you want commercial bangers only, but Kanye is much more than that.
There’s a handful of songs on this album that remind me of the old Kanye, they’re absolute gold. He holds his own with Kendrick on the track No More Parties in L.A which doesn’t get near enough praise. Ultimately this is a great album because of Kanye, not the features. Tracks like Famous and Wolves showcase his flow, lyricism and production skills, with one showing his chaotic nature, and the other showing how stunning his music can be.
Wolves is one Kanye’s best pieces of music ever, period. The production is masterful, Vic Mensa and Sia both fit the role perfectly, but they don’t overshadow Kanye, it’s as close to perfection he’s reached since 2010. Then it’s followed by Franks Track, which is the best 38 seconds of my entire life every time I listen.
Sure for all the beauty there’s some chaos, Freestyle 4 and Facts might not hit the mark perfectly, in fact, some would say a couple of the tracks aren’t good at all, but I wouldn’t take this album any other way, I feel like Kanye wanted it this way, he seemed satisfied with his work, it was utterly bonkers at points and a little disjointed, but name one album that’s a perfect 100? Because I’m sure nothing will ever get the 100 rating off us.